Can a 11 year old get a job at a department store?
no it would be illegal for any department store to hire an 11 year old
A 12-year old cannot get a "public" job. They can do the traditional babysitting, yard work, pet sitting, tutoring, private small jobs on farms, in greenhouses, etc. According to the US Department of Labor, 14 years old is the minimum age for non-agricultural employment, and the job is very limited as to how and when the child can work.